'Tombstoning' warning issued by police after man is pulled from the sea unconscious

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Police are urging people not to take part in tombstoning after a man was pulled from the sea unconscious.

Tombstoning refers to the trend of jumping into the sea from a high platform such as a cliff, bridge or harbour edge.

Officers from Dyfed-Powys were called to the beach opposite St Catherine's Island in Tenby, Wales, at around 6.15pm on Saturday evening.

A man had got into difficulty after jumping from a cliff into the water.

The Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) were at the scene when police arrived and found a 23-year-old who was unconscious and not breathing.

He regained consciousness shortly after and was taken to hospital for assessment.

Beaches are expected to get busier in the coming weeks as summer approaches and some lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

Inspector Gavin Howells said: "This incident highlights the serious danger posed by tombstoning or cliff-jumping, and the potentially life-threatening consequences.

"We urge people not to take part in this sort of activity anywhere along our coastline, and not to put themselves or the emergency services at risk for a thrill.

"We would like to thank our colleagues at the RNLI for their swift response to this incident, and for their actions which most likely saved this man's life."